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From the Chrysler LLC Blog: The Fiat 500‘s already a bundle of fun, now you can shop for accessories, even another Fiat 500 using a new app for iPad called FIAT Source. Info on that, plus news of an award for Ram truck and a new ad campaign for Jeep® that features a model never before highlighted in a Jeep ad campaign. That’s all in this week’s Under the Pentastar.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recapping important happenings around the company over the past week. This week’s stories include:

And in other news, straight from the mouth of Chrysler themselves:

“Some people say that size doesn’t matter. Through most of its history, Chrysler Group (and its previous iterations) has rarely been the biggest automaker.

That’s okay because as CEO Sergio Marchionne said May 24 at our Sterling Heights (MI) Assembly Plant, the company’s vision and aspiration is not to be the biggest automaker, “just the best.”

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

Sergio Marchionne at Sterling Heights on May 24th, 2011

Still, it was nice to hear all the good noise made in the May sales stories last week about our fantastic sales for May — when practically every other OEM declined or was flat. We were among the Big 3 again. While we don’t know what the future holds, all of Chrysler Group is hard at work to continue the growth we’ve seen the past year.

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

And, that growth — looking at gains, not raw numbers — is where Chrysler Group is leading the industry in a handful of segments. Those segments are:

Through the end of May, we’ve been growing and improving — faster than the U.S. auto industry has combined. And, in cases like Compact SUVs, Jeep® brand is driving the growth.

The two tables below look at the five segments noted above. The first table compares May 2011 to May 2010, and the second one compares the first five months of 2011 to the first five months of 2010. The data is from our Demand & Order Management group. You can find similar information at places like the Wall Street Journal’s Market Data Center.”

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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recapping important happenings around the company over the past week. This week’s stories include: Top sales for May, Presidential visit to Toledo Assembly Plant and Ram tearing up TORC.

TORC racing at  Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

Speaking of Ram‘s tearin’ up the TORC, I’ve included some photos of the RAM/MOPAR trucks in action at last week’s race at Red Bud. As always, click any of the photos to see more images of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

TORC racing at  Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recapping important happenings around the company over the past week. This week’s video leads off with:

  • Company Celebrations in Auburn Hills and the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, as Chrysler pays off the $7.60 billion dollars in government loans with interest six years early
  • Reaction to the event from some Sterling Heights Plant employees
  • The Chrysler Brand kicks off the next phase of its “Imported from Detroit” ad campaign with a Town & Country commercial called “Quiet Ones”
  • The first stand-alone Fiat Studio in Michigan, owned by Galeana Automotive Group, celebrates its grand opening.

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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recapping important happenings around the company over the past week.

This week’s video leads off with a recap of the announcement that Chrysler Group plans to repay their $7.5 billion dollar debt to the US and Canadian governments next week; followed by the exciting news that Chrysler Brand was named “Top Popular Brand” in the 2011 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Lenny Kravitz is starring in the all new Jeep Wrangler Broadcast Campaign; and finally, Jamawn (Jay) Woods of Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was honored for his success on the reality show “America’s Next Great Restaurant”.

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The blog post I did on the Pickup Truck Conversion Kit a while back has been getting a ton of views recently, so when I saw this come through the airwaves, I knew you guys out there would love to see it!

In the video above, you’ll see the Mopar Performance Off Road Team go nuts and convert this Jeep Wrangler from a 4 door convertible into a 2 door hardtop pickup in less than an hour!  (Relax, in the video it only takes a minute and ten seconds) Pretty impressive, and the results aren’t bad either!

Also, Chrysler has given us the run down on one of their new 300’s coming in next year, The 2012 Chrysler 300s. Check out the video below!

And last but not least, we also bring you this week’s edition of  “Under The Pentastar!” For those of you not in the know, “Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week.

This week Chrysler Group LLC reports first profit, April 2011 sales, TAWA honors the Fiat 500 and Dodge Journey and Ram Long-Hauler concept revealed. Check out the video below!

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Last thursday we finally had a break from the non stop rain we’ve had up here in Little Falls, MN and finally had a chance to get the HD cameras out to film the first segment of the “Brandl Beat” brought to you by Brandl Motors. We’ll be giving you a look inside some of the new vehicles coming in, with some some fun stuff tossed in along the way.

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

First up is the 2011 Chrysler 300c. Gary Posch gives you the rundown on this new ride and goes over some of the new and improved features offered on the new 300. Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comment box below, or in the comments on YouTube.

2011 Chrysler 300 BM at Brandl Motors

2011 Chrysler 300 BM at Brandl Motors

Also for today is another serving of Chrysler’s “Under the Pentastar.” In this week’s episode, Betty Newman recaps major developments in Chrysler Group LLC’s efforts to repay the U.S. and Canadian governments, a visit to a Detroit Jeep plant by U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and the sale of the GEM electric vehicle unit.

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall! As always, click any of the photos in the post to see more images of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles!

Under the Pentastar is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. This week, “UTP” is a special 2011 NY Auto Show edition featuring the introduction of the Fiat 500 Cabrio, three special edition Chrysler 300‘s and the Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT 8.

I’ve also included a couple of video clips taken out at the Moab Jeep Easter Safari in Moab Utah, where you can see the Mopar Ram Runner and the Jeep Blue Crush in action! Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

April 15, 2011 7:43 AM Whew! It’s been a busy week at Chrysler Group….and our own Ed Garsten wraps it up for you Under the Pentastar:

Next-Gen Dodge Viper Testing

Next-Gen Dodge Viper Testing

In other Chrysler Group news, the long, cold and snowy winter presented a perfect environment for the ultimate American-built sports car and icon of the Dodge brand’s performance car lineup to prepare for its imminent return. Using a 2010 chassis as a test subject, SRT engineers expanded the development scope for the next generation Dodge Viper to include stability control tuning for the first time. The development comes just in time for the next “Super Car Olympics,” sure to take place late in 2012 when the all-new performance icon returns.
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2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

April 7, 2011 , Dallas- The Ram 1500 Express — originally announced Feb. 15, 2011 under the code name Adventurer — is a new Ram Truck model aimed squarely at first-time buyers and owners who are looking for a vehicle with performance and style that they can customize and make their own.

“We’re excited about the addition of this new model to the Ram 1500 lineup. There’s nothing that compares to the high-performance value represented by the Ram 1500 Express. Ram 1500 Express combines great looks and MPG along with HEMI horsepower, torque, towing and payload, all at a fantastic price. It gives the youth or first-time truck buyer an opportunity to show off a great looking ride, with unsurpassed V8 entry-level capability, in a tremendous value-priced package.”

-Fred Diaz
Ram Truck President and CEO
Head of National Sales – Chrysler Group LLC

 

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

Plans to launch the new Ram 1500 Express were pulled ahead after company executives saw a groundswell of support for the then-just-announced Ram Tradesman.

The Ram Tradesman — unveiled Feb. 9, 2011 at the Chicago Auto Show — is a value-priced, HEMI®-powered Ram 1500 regular cab truck that appeals to a cost-conscious, new-vehicle buyer who doesn’t want to give up performance and capability.

The new Ram 1500 Express — like the Ram Tradesman — offers buyers a standard HEMI V8 engine with a 20 mpg rating for the same price competitors are charging for their V6 engines.

Mopar has announced that it will have hundreds of accessories available for buyers who are looking to personalize their Ram 1500 Express.

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

“Given that the Ram 1500 Express is an aggressively priced truck, owners will have plenty left over to personalize and customize their ride. For this truck, Mopar will offer more than 300 quality-tested accessories from which to choose.”

-Pietro Gorlier
President and CEO of Mopar

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

Loaded with Features

In addition to the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with 390 horsepower and 407 lb.-ft. of torque, Ram 1500 Express comes loaded with features that emphasize its high-performance character.

The first thing drivers will notice is the Ram 1500 Express’ racy, monochromatic paint scheme. A body-colored grille with black honeycomb inserts, body-colored front fascia and body-colored rear fascia with chrome-tipped dual exhausts shout “high-performance.” The new Ram model will also get fog lamps and 20-inch aluminum wheels with locking lug nuts. There’s also a locking tailgate, cargo lamp, rear-bumper step pad, 6” x 9” side-view mirrors and rear wheel-well liners.

Standard features also include a 160-amp alternator, 26-gallon fuel tank, 3.55 rear axle ratio, 700-amp maintenance-free battery, four and seven-pin trailer wiring harness, heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, power rack-and-pinion steering, halogen headlamps, heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling and a full-size spare tire.

Inside, the 1500 Express will get a heavy-duty vinyl 40/20/40 split-bench seat, and buyers will have a choice of vinyl or carpeted floor covering. Other features include air conditioning, an instrument cluster with tachometer and 120-mph speedometer, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, four-spoke tilt steering wheel, six-speaker media center with CD and MP3 player, as well as audio jack input for mobile devices, automatic headlamps, behind-the-seat storage bins, driver and passenger assist handles, power accessory delay, rear dome lamp, rear-view day/night mirror, tinted glass windows, tip start and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Safety features include advanced multistage front air bags, supplemental front curtain and side air bags, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, height-adjust shoulder belts, sentry key theft deterrent system and tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.

Ram 1500 Express is available in Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl; Deep Water Blue Pearl; Flame Red, Hunter Green Pearl and Mineral Gray Metallic.

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

Options for Personalization

Buyers can choose their own options. In addition to a Class IV receiver hitch, Ram 1500 Express is available with long list of options.

Factory-installed exterior options include Mopar chrome tubular side steps, Mopar chrome steel bed rails, folding and heated trailer-tow power mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps, spray-in bedliner and under-rail bedliner.

Inside, buyers can choose a cloth 40/20/40 split-bench seat, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, rear-view auto-dim mirror, remote USB port, sliding rear window, cruise control, instrument cluster with vehicle information center display screen, tire pressure monitoring display, power one-touch windows, remote keyless entry, Sirius Satellite Radio and either carpet or rubber floor mats.

There’s also choice of two optional rear-axle ratios (3.21, 3.92), anti-spin differential, engine block heater and trailer brake controller.

Ram 1500 Express comes as a regular cab, short-bed model, with a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain. When equipped with an optional Class IV hitch, the new Ram 1500 Express will tow a maximum trailer weight of 10,450 lbs.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the new Ram 1500 Express will start at $23,830, including $975 destination charge. It will arrive in Ram Truck dealerships in second quarter 2011.

To see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, simply click any of the images in the post! I’ve also included the most recent edition of “Under The Pentastar” below. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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